December 18, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is pleased to announce that the inaugural Legacy Performance Games will be coming to Kamloops in 2013. The Legacy Performance Games were created to provide Provincial Sport Organizations the opportunity to enhance and expand their opportunities in providing high level competition to BC athletes.
During the week of June 27th to 30th, 2013 athletes will compete in the following seven sports (with additional sports to be confirmed):
The Legacy Games are a result of the success of the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.
Not only were the Summer Games a success with those who were involved, but a significant cash legacy was remnant, along with a mandate to invest it into developing sport opportunities for British Columbia athletes.
This high-performance multisport event will be hosted every two years in Kamloops, drawing competitors from the prairies, western provinces and north-western United States. The inaugural 2013 event is anticipated to bring an estimated 600 athletes, but in the future there is an expectation to see it grow to include up to 15 sports and 2,000 athletes.
On alternating years, plans are to include hosting a Legacy Masters Games, with the first Masters to be held in 2015.
"This event meets the goals in Council's Strategic Plan to develop a home-grown event for the City, further enhancing the Tournament Capital program, highlighting legacy venues that have been built for previous Games, using the cash legacy from the 2011 WCSG to start up the event, and to also generate additional economic revenue through hosting sport," commented Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.
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Henry Pejril, President
Kamloops Sports Council
Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops